Lockdown: Funke Akindele, Husband Bag 14-day Community Service, To Pay #100,000 Each

Posted by OUR REPORTER | 6 April 2020 | 744 times

Funke Akindele

 Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello (JJC), were on Monday sentenced to 14-day community service for contravening the lockdown order in Lagos State by a Magistrate court sitting in Lagos.

They are to serve three hours per day excluding Saturday and Sunday. In addition, they must each visit 10 public places to educate people on the consequences of not complying with directives on Coronavirus. The court also directed them to pay a fine of N100,000 each.

The A-List actress had on Saturday organised a house party to celebrate her husband JJC’s birthday at her residence in Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos. The party contravened the lockdown order of both President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on social distancing, which disallowed a gathering of more than 20 people.

Akindele was arraigned alongside her husband, Bello, on a one-count charge before Magistrate Y.O. Aje –Afunwa and were represented by their counsel, Abayomi Alagbada.

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), who was the prosecutor, told the court that Funke and her husband, flouted the directive of the Lagos State Governor when they gathered more than 20 people at their Lekki home.

The charge dated April 6, 2020, number MIK/A/43/2020, was signed by the Director, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) Yaquib Oshoala.

The one count charge reads: “That you (1) Funke Akindele (2) Abdul Rasheed Bello on the 4th day of April 2020 at 9, Gbadamosi Close, Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki in the Lagos Magisterial District gathered at the aforementioned address with over twenty persons contrary to the social distancing directives of Mr Governor of Lagos State made pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) & (b) and 17(1)“) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease(Emergency Prevention Regulation 2020 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol.9 Laws of Lagos State, 2015”.

They had earlier pleaded guilty to the offence.


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